A disgruntled Dublin commuter sparked conversation online after pointing out an “annoying” Covid habit of some people during rush hour.
Dublin Bus only recently returned to full capacity, however, after over 18 months of being forced to sit apart, many have got used to the mandatory two seats to themselves.
Now that restrictions on board have been lifted, some are refusing to be seated next to their fellow commuters during rush hour, and it’s driving people crazy.
“The bus is always full without fail yet despite this, some ignorant people sit on the outside seat blocking the inside seat to discourage anyone from sitting beside them,” one man wrote.
“Everyone loves the 2 seats to themselves but the majority of us aren’t so ignorant that we believe we are entitled to it.
“Of course they move when asked, but why make it difficult for others?
“If I was a more confrontational person (I’m not) I’d make it my business to make sure they’re the first person I sit beside if I got onto a bus where there were no free rows left.”
Since publishing the complaint online, others have been responding with the same frustration over the past few weeks.
One responder wrote; “Saw a woman on the train the other day (early 50s) sitting on in a 4 seater on the outside seat. Laptop on the table, feet on opposite chair, handbag on table, and backpack on the chair beside her feet with the inside chair on her side not occupied.
“I’d just finished a 10 hr shift and it’s rare to get a seat on a commuter from Dublin to Dundalk at 5.30 pm on a Friday so I just sat down when she moved her feet. I’d have needed to shower after the dirty looks.”
Another wrote; “I see it happening myself all the time.
“It annoys me too but I always figured it’s to do with the fact that people got used to sitting by themselves from Covid restrictions and now that buses are at full capacity again, people are still trying to form some sort of distance where they feel they can.”
A third angry commuter said; “I hate those people, they’re the same sort that put their bags on the seat next to them.
“I asked someone once why they did that and she said ‘I don’t like when people sit next to me.’
“Who the hell does? The cheek of these people every day.”